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SCUTTLEBUTT 3369 - Thursday, June 23, 2011
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COMMITTED TO SKIN CARE
It was easy to spot Texan Shannon Bush at the recent Etchells Worlds in San
Diego, and not because she was one of four female skippers. Shannon is
noticeable because of her commitment to skin protection... here is her
People have always made fun of my white face, but, when they find out why,
all the laughing stops (full story below). I have been wearing sunscreen
since I was about 5 or 6 years old and I have worn just about all of them
available in the USA, some with disastrous results and some that actually
worked, then they took it off the market because it killed a rat.
However, in the past few years, I have had a wide range of sailing rock
stars come up to me and ask me for some sunscreen, saying I always have the
best stuff! Whatever it takes to get you to put it on, I say. I hand stuff
out like candy now and the white face is not as odd as it once was.
I have two sunscreen regimens: daily and race day. Both start in the
morning after brushing the teeth.
Daily, I put on Neutrogena Ultra Sheer 55 with Helioplex. It dries clear
and doesn't leave a greasy film or gloss on my skin. I am good to go for
most of the day (driving carpool, running Super Mom errands, etc) as long
as the sun exposure is at a minimum.
If it is a race day, the first layer is Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby 60+
with Purescreen. It is thicker and dries with a white hue. As soon as I am
on the boat, I hit my face, neck and ears again with a new product I found
(thank you Ed Furry) called California Baby, SPF 30 (found at Target and a
few other places; look on-line). This is a super cool product that comes
both in a lotion AND a stick (won't get all over your hands - I have both
on board) and it had both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The lotion dries
clear, but the stick stays white. The cool thing about the stick is that
the sunscreen is very tacky and doesn't easily rub or sweat off. I whip the
stick out about every hour and a half. If I "feel" the sun through these
layers, I will go straight to the original zinc oxide (10% zinc, which I
can only find the real deal at mom & pop drug stores now) or Zinka (25%
zinc) which is a California company known for making Andre Agassi colored
zinc back in the 1980's. This stuff is pasty and stays put...and doesn't
taste too bad, either!
It's all about re-application and what you feel comfortable with. There are
always people who say that too much zinc is bad for you. Well, so is a 4"
scar on my cheek! My mantra is that, after all my surgery and the recent
burning off my entire lower lip (thank you Dr Calvin Day!), if I can't see
it on my face, it isn't there!
So what prompted the diligence... read on:
MORE: Do you have sunscreen tips? Post them in the Forum thread:
MORE MORE: An outstanding article in the NY Times titled 'Explaining
Sunscreen and the New Rules' can be read here:
AMORITA IS BACK
After being rammed and sunk in 2007, Amorita, the 106-year-old classic
Herreshoff New York Thirty Class yacht, is set for her long-anticipated
re-launching this week in all her glory.
The 44ft gaff-rigged sloop, well known in New England waters as one of a
handful of restored craft that led to the recent revival of interest in
classic yachting, has graced the covers of sailing magazines and calendars
worldwide, and is revered as one of the most successful racers over the
past decade in WoodenBoat Regatta Series and New York Yacht Club events for
The horrific crash took place on July 7, 2007, off of Beavertail lighthouse
in Jamestown RI, while racing in the Robert H. Tiedemann Classic Yacht
Regatta. While rounding a mark, she was involved in a three yacht collision
initiated by the 94ft Fife ketch Sumurun, striking Amorita's sister ship,
Alera from astern, which set in motion a chain reaction resulting in the
much the larger Sumurun running broadside through Amorita sinking her to
the bottom in less than 20 seconds. Remarkably, no one was injured.
Noted marine photographer Billy Black, on hand to capture the beauty of
classic yachting, documented the entire ugly incident with a series of
images detailing the sequence of events, just before he pulled Amorita's
crew from the water to safety.
Full story: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/11/0621/
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RACE DAY LOST, DAY OFF GAINED
Block Island, RI (June 22, 2011) - It didn't matter that the sun wasn't
out, just that there was a slight promise the wind would blow on this third
day of the Storm Trysail Club's (STC) biennial Block Island Race Week XXIV
presented by Rolex. The Race Committee sent the event's fleet of 134 boats
off to sail in 14 classes on Block Island Sound, but when the wind failed
to deliver, it returned the competitors to wait ashore for further
instructions and at 1:00 decided it best to cancel racing altogether for
"Between the lack of wind and a squall getting ready to roll over the
island, it was the prudent thing to do," said Principal Race Officer Dave
Brennan, noting that light air also caused postponements ashore on Monday
and Tuesday but allowed for racing in the afternoons nevertheless.
Unfortunately, the front passing today would have only rain to offer and
nothing behind it wind-wise.
"It is what it is," said Kevin Burnham (Coconut Grove, Fla.), a Rolex
Yachtsman of the Year and 470 Men's Olympic Gold Medalist sailing in IRC 2
aboard Jack Lefort's (Stuart, Fla.) After Midnight. "We're here for fun,
not for sailing in the rain, so they made the right decision." -- Read on:
ISAF SAILING WORLD CUP
Kiel, Germany (June 22, 2011) - The final event of the 2010-2011 ISAF
Sailing World Cup season closed today with the medal races at Kieler-Woche.
Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving (USA) claimed gold in the Women's 470
after their second place finish in the Medal Race. Germany's Tina Lutz and
Susann Beucke came second on 32 points and Kathrin Kadelbach and Friederike
Belcher (GER) were third on 34 points.
Paige Railey (USA) won gold in the Laser Radial after controlling the fleet
throughout the week. Krystal Weir (AUS) came second and Tina Mihelic (CRO)
picked up the bronze medal.
Ed Wright (GBR), Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and Zach Railey (USA) all ended on
30 points after the Finn Medal Race. But Wright took the gold after he
finished ahead of his rivals in third place in the Medal Race. Lobert came
fifth to take the silver medal and Railey was sixth and goes home with
The Women's Match Racing competition saw some exceptional competition
throughout the week and it ended in fine fashion for Ekaterina Skudina
(RUS) securing her second consecutive Kieler-Woche gold medal. Skudina
overcame Australia's Nicky Souter in the Women's Match Racing final 3-1.
And in the Petit Final Souter's compatriot, Olivia Price, defeated Genny
Tulloch (USA) 2-0.
The 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup starts in November with Sail Melbourne
running from 6-12 November 2011 before the 2011 ISAF Sailing World
Championships in Perth, Australia from 3-18. -- Full report:
WORLD CUP: The titles for the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup have been
decided after the final day at Kieler-Woche, the seventh regatta in the
Sailing World Cup series. The women provided the medals for North America,
with Erin Maxwell/ Isabelle Kinsolving (USA) taking gold in the Women's
Doublehanded, Anna Tunnicliffe/ Debbie Capozzi/ Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer
taking gold in the Women's Match Racing, and Paige Railey (USA) taking
bronze in the Women's Singlehanded. -- Full report:
SILVER LINING: Genny Tulloch (USA) reports from the Women's Match Racing:
"Today we had a tough ending here at Kiel, finishing 4th overall in the
regatta. We're still happy with our result, more importantly we learned a
tremendous amount this week. With 32 races sailed over the 5 days, we were
pretty exhausted, but that gave us 32 prestarts and lots of shifty
conditions with breeze all throughout the spectrum to play in. We had a lot
of different scenarios play out this week, and feel like it was an
extremely helpful regatta tactically and communication-wise." --
TICKET SALES FOR 2012 OLYMPICS
Up to 46,000 tickets have been sold for the Olympic sailing events in
Weymouth and Portland. Spectators for 2012 have snapped up all the 20 and
35 pound events tickets for 10 days of the two-week-period, as well as
three of the medal race days, which cost 55 pounds per ticket. Up to 4,600
people a day are expected to be accommodated.
It comes as London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has
confirmed that 2.3million tickets will be available in the second round of
2012 tickets sales, across a range of price categories and sports.
LOCOG has revealed that there is 'good availability' of tickets for the 470
women's medal race and women's Elliott 6m matchracing event on August 10
and the Elliott 6m one-on-one medal race on August 11. 'Low availability'
remains for 55 pounds tickets for the 49er men's high performance skiff
dinghy class medal race and Elliott 6m on August 8 and the 470 men's dinghy
event medal race and Elliott 6m on August 9.
LOCOG has sent a detailed list of availabilities directly to applicants who
did not receive tickets in the first round so they can be prepared when the
second round sale will begin at 6am on June 24. The first 10 days of sales
until 6pm on July 3 will only be open exclusively to the people who applied
in the initial application phase but were not allocated any tickets. --
Dorset Echo, full report: http://tinyurl.com/DE-062211
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WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR
Portimao, Portugal (June 22, 2011) - Mathieu Richard found his form in the
opening Qualifying Session at the Portimao Portugal Match Cup winning four
of his five matches to take the overnight lead. Richard (FRA) French Match
Racing Team put in a dominant display to claim victory over his rivals on
day one of the fourth stage of the World Match Racing Tour, only falling
foul to fellow countryman and teammate Damien Iehl.
Key wins for Richard also included his Korea Match Cup nemesis Bjorn Hansen
(SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team and last year's Portimao Portugal Match Cup
winner Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing. After disappointing results in
the opening rounds of the World Match Racing Tour, Richard was firing on
all cylinders today, a clear indication of his intention to claim his first
podium position of the 2011 season.
Also on form was double match racing World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) Team
GAC Pindar who opened his scorecard with a clean sweep in the first
Qualifying Session to occupy the second spot on the leaderboard. A close
opening match against Johnie Berntssen (SWE) Berntssen Sailing Team saw
Williams cross the line just half a boat-length ahead of his rival to claim
Qualifying resumes Thursday at 1100 local time. A preview to the racing
will be on The Morning Show with Hannah White at 1100 at www.wmrt.com.
Racing will then be streamed live from 1500 to 1700, followed by The
Evening Show wrapping up all the day's action at 2100.
Standings after the first day of Qualifying:
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 4-1
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, 3-0
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 3-2
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 3-2
Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners, 2-1
Alvaro Marinho (POR) Seth Sailing Team, 2-3
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team, 2-3
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, 1-1
Olli-Pekka Lumijarvi (FIN) Siragusawa Sailing Team, 1-1
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing, 1-2
Reuben Corbett (NZL) Aon Racing, 1-4
Johnie Berntssen (SWE) Berntssen Sailing Team, 0-3
WMRT website: http://www.wmrt.com
* Hamilton, Bermuda (June 22, 2011) - More than half the fleet of 51
entries has made it into the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club to complete
the Marion Bermuda Race 2011. LILLA (Class A), a Briand 76 (Skipper Simon
Di Pietro) set the race course record with an elapsed time of 68:58:45 and
a corrected time of 71:48:26. Previous course record was 72 hours. -- Full
* The U.S. Optimist Great Lakes Championship was held last weekend at the
Buffalo Canoe Club with 82 competitors in Ridgeway, Ontario. Nic Muller
from Florida led out of the gate to take the title, with top female Mehvish
Khan showing similar success. -- Full results:
* Cres, Croatia (June 22, 2011) - For Class A, the building breeze this
afternoon at the very end of the course was a welcome blessing after a long
and fitful night of stop and go sailing in the middle and long distance
races of the 2011 ORCi World Championship. But this late breeze did sweep
in the smaller boats in the class to correct over their larger rivals who
finished hours before, propelling Riccardo di Bartolomeo's B&C-designed
GS42R Man, the reigning European champion, into winning the long race.
Inshore racing will resume on Thursday. -- Full report:
* Washington, D.C., (June 22, 2011) - U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
and the chairman of Operation Sail, Inc., Jose Fuentes, today announced a
seven-port public/private partnership for the bicentennial commemoration of
the War of 1812 and the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner. Week-long
events, including parades of sail, public visitation, spectacular air
shows, international athletic competitions, and community relations
activities will mark the occasions in New Orleans, New York City, Norfolk,
Baltimore/Annapolis, and Boston/New London. Similar events will take place
in the Great Lakes ports of Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit
and Buffalo. -- Full story:
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* From Paul Hanson: (re, Mommy Boats editorial in Scuttlebutt 3367)
As a parent of three children, I love watching them participate at their
respective activities, much like most parents do. But as we all know,
sailing can be a hard sport to watch from the shore in most cases and
really see what's going on. I'm all for the independence sailing brings,
and the experiences learned along the way. I learned a lot by sailing by
myself and against friends. But as for the Mommy boats, why not have a
spectator boat available so that the interested parents can watch their
children perform but not interfere or coach. Perhaps that's one of the
reasons why other activities are so popular is because parents have an
easier time viewing the event.
Additional letters on the subject:
* From Carol Newman Cronin:
A minor quibble about your IOD Worlds report in Scuttlebutt 3368: John
Burnham finished second, not third overall. The full story in the forum has
it right. What that story doesn't include is that the event is sailed in
borrowed boats, with a rotation carefully calibrated to keep skippers out
of their own cockpits.
Best of all, some of the out of town boats arrived in Marblehead on their
own bottom, including John's Norwegian Wood. How many of us tune up for a
one design World Championship with a 130 mile overnight delivery?
Congratulations to all the teams who keep this great class alive. Here is
the full event report:
* From Andrew Burton, Newport, RI:
The other day our regular Monday night J/80 race committee went off to race
in Block Island, but we had a bunch of skippers who didn't want to miss a
night's racing. So as fleet captain, I tried to find a race committee. My
first call was to the vice commodore of my club. She at first said "Sure"
she'd come out and run some races. Then she asked the ominous question. "Do
we have a Coast Guard permit to run the races?" "No", I answered.
She then told me the club couldn't run any races without a permit, and
getting one would take about 6 weeks. She also told me that the club had
applied for a permit for our club cruise and the coasties had come back
with permission but only on the condition that there be no sailing after
I eventually found a couple of friends to go out and run some "practices"
for us, but the fact that we now need permission from some faceless,
ignorant bureaucrat to indulge in our sport left me absolutely incensed.
And these jack-booted thugs expect respect when they board my boat, leave
black scuff marks all over my decks while conducting an armed "safety
check?" Not a chance!
* From Alex Arnold:
For years, sailors and race committees have worried about neutralizing the
"local knowledge" advantage in regattas to the point where courses were
moved far offshore. Doesn't it sound like Oracle Racing has thrown those
concerns out of the window with hosting the 34th America's Cup on San
The more time you spend in reporting on what you are doing, the less time
you have to do it in.
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